When it comes to fragrances, I have a tough time picking out faves. For me, perfume will always be my little indulgence, because no matter your mood on any specific day, fragrance has the power to uplift it. This month, I’ve been going back and forth between these three scents, new to my collection…
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia
One of my favourite scents from GUCCI, and one of my top 10 fragrances of all time has got to be Flora By Gucci 1966 (read my review on it here). It’s the scent that sparked my love for florals. Now, every time GUCCI release a new FLORA scent, I know I’m going to love it.
And I do, as with the new, limited edition GUCCI Flora Gorgeous Gardenia (50ml EDT for R1205). With it’s gorgeous, tinted pink juice and beautiful, limited edition packaging, the scent is laced with top notes of red berries, white gardenia heart notes and a base of patchouli and brown sugar.
For an EDT it has a surprisingly long lasting staying power, and it smells so beautiful. Creamy, playful and feminine without being too sweet, despite the brown sugar base notes.
YSL Black Opium Floral Shock
YSL Black Opium has come a long way from it’s original OPIUM predecessor, circa 1977. The modern YSL Black Opium speaks to the edgy, fearless fashionista and if you loved the original Black Opium (launched in 2014, read my review here) you are going to LOVE this floral, yet edgy new variant.
It combines top notes of bergamot, lemon, pear and freesia with heart notes of gardenia, orange blossom, white flowers and solar notes. The base, still very much true to the original Black Opium signature, is laced with coffee and coupled with with amber and musk.
In terms of how floral it is, I would say YSL Black Opium Floral Shock (50ML forR1245 or 90ml for R1630.00) is similar to Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb, in that it is a floral scent, but still a rich, seductive and edgy with serious sex appeal.
Agent Provocateur Aphrodisiaque
I’ll admit, the original Agent Provocateur scent from early 2000 is not one of my faves. Although the packaging and bottle is beautiful, I found the scent was a little too musty for my taste. The new Agent Provocateur Aphrodisiaque (80ml EDP for R1395) on the other hand, is the complete opposite, and certainly more “me”.
It’s sultry and spicy with a delightful, creamy mixture of musk, vanilla, black honey and blackberry notes. There’s also a hint of jasmine in there which creates the most delightful personality of a fragrance that’s sophisticated, feminine and warm.
Of all the Agent Provocateur fragrances, Aphrodisiaque is my absolute favourite and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous to boot!